The UFC is back to regular schedule now after a short break between UFC 216 and UFC Fight Night 118.
UFC Fight Night 118 will be the second time that the UFC has ever hosted an event in Poland. The main event features an intriguing contest between proven fighter Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (-140) against an up-and-coming talent in Darren Till (+136).
Donald Cerrone is known for taking any fight, anytime, anywhere and there could be no better example than him fighting Darren Till in Poland. Darren Till is undefeated through 15 fights and has made a name for himself as a calm, composed, efficient and intelligent Muay Thai striker inside the UFC’s octagon. He has dissected his last two opponents in Bojan Velickovic and Jessin Ayari over the course of three rounds. This will be the first time that Till has competed for five rounds as a professional.
“Cowboy”, on the other hand, has been doing this for as long as we can remember. Although he’s on a two-fight losing streak to top talent in the division such as Jorge Masvidal and Robbie Lawler, there’s no doubting that Cerrone is still as dangerous as ever. His 2016 was one of the best of all mixed martial artists as he destroyed Alex Oliveira, Patrick Cote, Rick Story and Matt Brown with incredible finishes.
The co-main event features local star, Karolina Kowalkiewicz (-405), as she takes on Jodie Esquibel (+400) in a women’s strawweight contest. Kowalkiewicz is currently on a two-fight losing streak after losing a title challenge and then being submitted by Claudia Gadelha in the first round. She looks to bounce back to form against UFC newcomer, Jodie Esquibel. Esquibel makes the move to the UFC after featuring heavily in Invicta FC. After losing to Ashley Yoder in The Ultimate Fighter Season 23, Esquibel then dropped another fight to current UFC strawweight Alexa Grasso. A win over DeAnna Bennett was enough to earn Esquibel a shot in the UFC, although it’s against one of the best competitors in the division.
The two other main card bouts are a light heavyweight matchup between Jan Blachowicz (+138) and Devin Clark (-140) and a middleweight bout between Oskar Piechota (-177) and Jonathan Wilson (+164). Blachowicz has lost four of his last five bouts and will be competing against Clark who is on a two-fight win streak. UFC newcomer Oskar Piechota has heavy hands and an elite jiu-jitsu game and will be looking to run through the returning Jonathan Wilson.
Predictions and Best Bets
Oskar Piechota vs. Jonathan Wilson
Oskar Piechota is one of the most talented additions to the UFC roster in recent history. He joins the UFC undefeated after ten fights and has won all of his fights via stoppage. He has a multitude of ways to finish opponents, too. He can either take them down to the mat and submit them or land crushing punches that seem to send opponents stiff much like Volkan Oezdemir does in the light heavyweight division.
Wilson returns after an extended layoff and may find himself being a little hesitant, especially against a fighter with so many ways to attack you.
This one shouldn’t last the distance, and in fact it might even end in the first round.
Bet: Total Rounds – Under 1.5
UFC Fight Night 118 card
UFC Fight Night 118 begins on UFC Fight Pass from 11:30am ET on Saturday, October 21
UFC Fight Pass (3:00pm ET / 7:00pm GMT)
- Donald Cerrone vs. Darren Till
- Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Jodie Esquibel
- Jan Blachowicz vs. Devin Clark
- Oskar Piechota vs. Jonathan Wilson
Fight Pass Prelims
UFC Fight Pass (11:30am ET / 3:30pm GMT)
- Marcin Held vs. Nasrat Haqparast
- Anthony Hamilton vs. Adam Wieczorek
- Damian Stasiak vs. Brian Kelleher
- Sam Alvey vs. Ramazan Emeev
- Artem Lobov vs. Andre Fili
- Salim Touahri vs. Warlley Alves
- Lina Lansberg vs. Aspen Ladd
- Felipe Arantes vs. Josh Emmett